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  • Three Lessons Learned in 2016

    Some folks do not like to read posts of a more personal nature or posts that contain religious references. If you are one of those people, you have been forewarned. I’ve read lots of posts from people who are ready for 2016 to be over. I understand their reasons. Celebrities, friends, and family have passed away this year. The world economy ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 31, 2016
  • An Interview With Me

    This post is inspired by Kenneth Fisher’s [blog | @sqlstudent144] post, An interview with me. Ken suggested, “Now if any other bloggers read this and feel like answering questions too I’d love to read them so make sure you put a link to your blog down in the comments below.” I’m in! 1. What are the various database job roles and ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on December 16, 2016
  • Agile or Waterfall?

    Waterfall project management is a serial approach to the phases of a project. Proponents of waterfall methodologies hold it’s best to plan: gather requirements, design the solution, develop it, test it, deploy and maintain it in discrete steps. Critics maintain it is impossible to know all of the requirements prior to design or development. ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on October 20, 2016
  • What Customers Want

    Not once, in my combined years of direct employment by enterprises or consulting, has a customer contacted me about an issue about the grain of their date dimension in their enterprise data warehouse. Not one single time. I haven’t been contacted about cardinality either. Or trouble with execution threading models. Nope. Not ever. Instead, I’ve ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on August 10, 2015
  • 701

    It’s your turn. You start blogging. You cannot start in July 2007 like I did – even if you have a Delorean. But you can start in July 2015. Here’s the thing: In 2023, eight more years will have passed. Will you have posted 700 blog posts by then? You can. How do I know? It’s possible. “What Do I Blog About, Andy?” What was the last ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on May 24, 2015
  • Andy-Frickin-Leonard

    A few years ago at a conference, a young man approached me and asked if I was ready for my presentation. I squared with him (for emphasis) and replied, “No, sir. In fact, I’m worried about it.” He looked a little stunned and said, “Why?” “I’ve never done this presentation before, I don’t like the flow of the material yet, and I’m concerned it’s ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on April 26, 2015
  • Me and the Man

    Part 1 I grew up poor – the US version of poor. We never missed a meal but a few times it was only because we had a successful hunt. Suffice it to say that when we interacted with others, they always had more than us. More stuff, nicer houses and cars and toys. We weren’t unhappy kids – my brothers and I – but we were unable to do some things we ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on February 15, 2014
  • On Codes of Conduct

    I have mixed emotions about codes of conduct. I respect the right of any organization – public or private, for-profit or not – to create, maintain, and enforce codes of conduct. At the same time, I find the need for such standards depressing… especially in professional organizations. I am and have been a member of professional organizations that ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on July 3, 2013
  • OT: Thank You, Microsoft

    cross-posted from AndyLeonard.me… Each April 1st for the past five years, I have been honored to receive an email from Microsoft informing me I have been recognized as a SQL Server MVP. Tomorrow will be different. Back in January – when I wrote this – I requested Microsoft not consider me for renewal. I have enjoyed serving as a Microsoft MVP. I ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on March 31, 2012
  • My Name is Andy and I Have an Associates of Applied Science Degree

    Introduction This post is the forty-first part of a ramble-rant about the software business. The current posts in this series can be found on the series landing page. This post is about the education requirements for job listings. Bachelor’s Degree Required I’m not qualified for any job that requires a bachelor’s degree because I don’t have ...
    Posted to Andy Leonard (Weblog) by andyleonard on June 27, 2011
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